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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Solar Photovoltaics: Principles, Technologies and Materials

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam


This course is an introductory course on solar photovoltaics materials and devices covering fundamentals of operation of solar cells, physics of semiconducting materials, P-N junction device characteristics in dark andlight. We will also discuss various solar photovoltaic technologies and their status with a brief discussion of the fabrication aspects of the devices. The course will also discuss the materials and technologies issues as well as device measurement techniques.   INTENDED AUDIENCE : NILL PREREQUISITES : Basic physics knowledgel INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Most companies related to solar photovoltaics


COURSE LAYOUT Week 1: Introduction and Solar radiation fundamentals
Week 2: Basic physics of semiconductors
Week 3: Carrier transport, generation and recombination in semiconductors
Week 4: Semiconductor junctions
Week 5: Essential characteristics of solar photovoltaic devices
Week 6: First Generation Solar Cells
Week 7: Second Generation Solar Cells
Week 8: Third Generation Solar Cells

Taught by

Prof. Ashish Garg

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